Monday, March 2, 2015
Selecting a Caregiver for your Child
11:13 am est
a new caregiver can be a very stressful experience for a parent. Whether you are choosing in-home care, family day care or
a formal child care center, there are basic things you should know and insist upon. The most common question asked of potential
caregivers is “What do you charge?”, but this question only gives you some of the information you should have.
Here are some questions to ask when searching for the right person or center to watch over your child or children.
· What qualifications
do the caregivers have?
· Do they speak to the children/babies? Do they sing and read to them? Pay attention to how the caregiver/staff
members interact with the other children. Studies show that singing and reading to babies help prepare a child’s ear,
voice and brain for language development.
· Do they answer the children’s questions patiently? Do they ask the children
· Is each baby allowed to eat and sleep according to their schedule or the schedule requested by parents?
· Do caregivers respect
the language, culture and values of families in the program?· How does the caregiver feel about discipline, toilet training,
feeding, etc.? Do the caregiver’s beliefs match your own?
· Does the caregiver handle conflicts without losing patience,
shaming a child or displaying anger?
· Are they trained in first aid and CPR? Do they have emergency protocols in place?
You need to make sure, if anything was to happen, they know how to professionally handle an emergency situation.
· How do other children
in the center handle separation anxiety? What do the teachers do to help?
· Do they provide care for a sick child?
· What is the child to caregiver ratio?
If at all possible, before
making your program choice, observe caregivers interacting with children during the day. Parents can learn a lot about a program
simply by watching. Trust your gut instinct, every parent knows when something doesn’t feel quite right. You may be
turned off by a daycare everyone in town raves about or clash with a highly recommended sitter. If that happens, keep searching.
Children deserve, and thrive under, good, nurturing care. If something just doesn’t feel right about your situation,
look into other options.